Empire speeds launch of online grocery service in Toronto area
STELLARTON, N.S.—Empire Co. Ltd. is accelerating the launch of its Voila online grocery home delivery service in the Greater Toronto Area and expects to start tests later this month.
The company, which owns the Sobeys and Safeway chains as well as others, says tests of the service are expected to start the week of April 26. A phased rollout to customers across the Toronto region is expected once testing is complete.
Demand for home delivery of groceries has soared since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as shoppers try to stay home as much as possible.
Empire says its e-commerce businesses in Quebec through IGA.net and in B.C. through Thrifty Foods have seen a significant increase in orders.